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Product Highlight: USB Dongle

Fujitsu releases USB dongle series that easily adds Wirepas Mesh 2.4GHz functions to existing networks and equipment

Fujitsu introduced a series of USB dongles featuring built-in Wirepas Mesh 2.4GHz network connectivity.

The FWM8BLZ09x USB dongles provide a simple and cost-effective way to bring Mesh Anchor or Tag functions to any equipment with a USB port or Wirepas Mesh Sink function to any existing Wi-Fi gateway that is capable of supporting Wirepas gateway software. Anchor functionality could also be added to an existing Wi-Fi gateway for asset tracking via an extra USB port, without needing any gateway software.

The series includes Anchor (FWM8BLZ09P), Tag (FWM8BLZ09T) and Sink (FWM8BLZ09S) dongles based on the Nordic nRF52833. All are powered by a standard, Type A USB interface, with only the Sink node utilizing any data communication for a Wirepas gateway application.

Target applications include indoor location and tracking of people and assets on a massive scale with the Anchor and Tag nodes. Additionally, existing mesh sensor networks can be extended utilizing the Sink node and a supporting gateway for industrial IoT monitoring solutions within smart offices, factories, warehouses, hospitals, schools, and more.

The dongles have a compact 17.5 x 14.2 x 6.6mm footprint, an LED power indicator light and an operating temperature of -30 to +60 deg C. They are currently FCC/ISED, CE and Radio Act Japan certified, with RCM certification (Australia) in-progress and RSM certification (New Zealand) planned.

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